Minerals In Afghanistan! Panic!

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on June 14, 2010

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Evidently, that is the response on the port side to the news that Afghanistan might be on the verge of realizing a viable and legal economy. In the past, these people bemoaned the fact that Afghanistan seemed to have nothing going economically, save its involvement in the drug trade. Now, the fear is that Afghanistan may have too much going economically. Your reality-based community at work, folks.

(Yes, it is true that resource richness can lead to corruption. But corruption does not inevitably flow from being rich in resources, and it is better to have resources, than to lack them. At the end of the day, it would be nice to help the Afghan people create and maintain a viable economy. Large mineral deposits should be of assistance in that effort, and while government corruption needs to be fought, that battle is going to occur in any event. It might as well occur in an environment in which the Afghan people can justly harbor hopes for self-sufficiency.)

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